FROM THE FIELD

From strife to security: a return to normalcy in Somalia

Hello, SoA recently supported US forces in Somalia to better connect their partners with the surrounding population and address endemic insecurities. The recent designation of Somalia by the US Government as “an area of active armed conflict” hasn’t slowed down efforts to curb violence and support the Somali population; a significant challenge in a country … Continued

In Syria, the road back to normal starts in the classroom

Education. That was the main takeaway from my January trip to Syria where I spent the better part of a week in Al-Hasakah, Deir-ez-Zor, and Raqqa provinces meeting with US troops, local representatives, and education officials. Throughout all my engagements, the message was strikingly consistent: getting kids back to school is key to long-term stability. … Continued

Around the Horn with Nick

An inaugural trip for a new Project Manager to get immersed in the complex issues of the region and meet the brave US troops tasked with tackling these challenges My first trip with SoA came just a few short weeks after joining the team and began with a flight to Mogadishu, Somalia. I was excited … Continued